Vigilante Violence in Israel Against Israeli Arabs and Palestinians
We begin with the situation on the ground in Israel getting out of hand with vigilante attacks on Palestinians and Israeli Arabs including an horrific scene in the town of Bat Yam where Israelis hauled an Arab man out of his car and lynched him. Joining us to discuss the escalating violence between Israel and Hamas and the escalating violence between Israelis and Israeli Arabs is Asher Kaufman, Director of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and a Professor of History and Peace Studies at Notre Dame who previously taught at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. We discuss how negligent or even deliberately provocative Prime Minister Netanyahu has been in not anticipating the possibility of clashes with the ending of Ramadan coinciding with the Jerusalem Day march by Israeli nationalists along with rising tensions over the evictions of Palestinian families in East Jerusalem. With Israel in the midst of forming a new coalition government, the current warlike atmosphere plays into Netanyahu’s hands since he wants to cling onto power for as long as he can to avoid going to jail.
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